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Rubrics can be used for two things: to communicate evaluation criteria to students, and to calculate student grades that are clearly aligned with those criteria. For information on writing rubrics, please see our Assessment Methods article. This tutorial is for the process of setting up an analytic rubric. (The Holistic option uses a single criterion to assess overall achievement using a percentage or text feedback only, as for mastery learning.)

  1. Navigate to the Rubrics tool. You can do this two ways. From Course Admin, scroll down to the Assessment area and select Rubrics.

    From Activities, select Assignments and then click on the assignment you want to create a rubric for. Click Edit Assignment. The link to create a new rubric in the new Assignment interface is in the right panel called Evaluation and Feedback.

    In the old Assignment interface it’s located in the Properties tab under Evaluation and Feedback.
  2. Enter a name and and optional description of your rubric.
  3. In the Type menu select Analytic and then choose how many evaluation criteria and levels of achievement you need. Use the plus sign to add levels and the trash can icon to remove them.

    Use the + Add Criterion link to add criteria. You can add or remove these later, too.
  4. Select whether you want to generate a score in points or text feedback only. You can also select Custom Points. This lets you create a different point scale for each criterion instead of using the same scale for each one.
  5. To add a new Criteria Group, select that button. This allows you to segment your evaluation criteria (for example you could separate writing mechanics from content).
  6. The Overall Score displays the students total. You can manually override these totals, but you must click to activate the final score in order for it to auto-populate a grade item.
  7. Under Options, you can set rubric and score visibility. We recommend that rubrics are visible to students (for transparent learning objectives). You can, however, opt to hide the rubric score and show only text feedback.
    Note: you can’t change the visibility of a rubric from an assignment, you must navigate to the rubric tool (Course Admin > Rubrics). Also, the Include rubric feedback in overall feedback choice must be made before you’ve scored any assignments – it can’t be changed after that. If you select Rubric is hidden from students until feedback is published, learners can’t see the rubric at all until you submit the evaluation and feedback.
  8. Leave the default option to allow new associations. This means the rubric can be associated with activities.
    Note: after you associate a rubric with an activity, you can’t edit or delete the rubric. To make changes after associating it with a tool, you have to change the rubric’s status to “Archived” and then copy the rubric and make your changes to the new copy.
  9. Click Close. You’ll see that the rubric is now Published. To change this, select the dropdown arrow and select Status.


This article was last updated on Aug 9, 2021 @ 9:12 am.